NC Teacher Certification Programs with Course Descriptions

Jul 30, 2019

North Carolina has almost 50 schools offering teacher certification programs. Get some information about the degree programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Teacher certification programs are offered at many of North Carolina's public and private not-for-profit institutions. Two of the state's largest public schools offer campus-based bachelor's and master's degree programs that prepare students to teach at the elementary, middle or secondary school levels. In addition to coursework, these teacher certification programs usually include a supervised teaching internship as part of the degree requirements.


North Carolina State University

Located in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina State University has 11 colleges, including the College of Education. This school offers several undergraduate and graduate degree programs for individuals looking for their initial teaching certification in elementary, middle or secondary education.

Students enrolled in the education bachelor's degree programs generally take a series of core courses in their teaching area - such as elementary education, computer science, biology or social studies - as well as classes covering educational psychology, assessment methods and educational diversity. A semester-long student teaching experience rounds out the curriculum.

For students interested in earning a graduate degree, the university also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program that allows students to earn their initial teaching credentials while studying instructional methods in a specific area, such as social studies, math, science or special education. These programs also require students to complete courses on inclusive instruction, classroom diversity and educational research, among other topics. A teaching internship is required.

East Carolina University

Situated in the small city of Greenville, East Carolina University offers over 40 undergraduate and graduate education programs, including bachelor's degrees in elementary education that prepare students for their initial teaching certification. This program features courses in reading, social studies, science and math instruction as well as a teaching internship and several practicums.

Students can also earn teacher certification through a middle grades program that allows students to choose concentrations in two academic areas, as well as secondary education programs focusing on history, English, math and information technology, among other disciplines.

The university's MAT program also prepares students to teach through courses in classroom management, cognitive development, inclusive instruction and literacy development. Students in this graduate program complete 15 credit hours of coursework in their teaching area, such as elementary education, health, art or middle grades education.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
North Carolina State University 4-year, public; large city B.S. in Elementary Education
B.S. in Middle Grades Education
B.S. in Secondary Education
Master of Education in Special Education
Master of Arts in Teaching
Undergraduate: $9,101 in-state, $28,444 out-of-state;
Graduate: $11,495 in-state, $27,983 out-of-state*
East Carolina University 4-year, public; small city B.S. in Elementary Education
B.S. in Middle Grades Education
B.S. in Secondary Education
B.S. in Special Education
Master of Arts in Teaching
Undergraduate: $7,188 in-state, $23,465 out-of-state;
Graduate: $7,485 in-state, $20,634 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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